Press ReleaseNovember 9, 2021

Job Creators Network Exposes Biden Administration Vaccine Mandate Hypocrisy Over DOJ Guidance Letter

Washington DC – Yesterday, the Department of Justice sent a guidance letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit suggesting that the Court not take up the Job Creators Network’s lawsuit challenging the employer vaccine mandate because of similar lawsuits in other circuits. Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of JCN, released the following statement:

“The Biden Administration’s hypocrisy over its employer vaccine mandate is rank. It claims the mandate is urgently needed to respond to a “grave” emergency. Yet at the same time, its Department of Justice is telling the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, where our lawsuit against the mandate is filed, to stand down and not bother taking up our case because it will eventually be consolidated with other similar claims. The Administration can’t have it both ways. Which is it: An emergency, or regular anti-small business executive overreach that can be slow-walked to avoid the negative publicity of multiple circuit court stays?

“The Administration claims that the rule doesn’t take effect until the New Year. Yet I’ve never heard of an emergency that takes a holiday. JCN is filing a response with the Eighth Circuit today pointing out this hypocrisy and asking the court to move expeditiously to consider our lawsuit pursuant to the emergency standard upon which the employer vaccine mandate is based. If the mandate is actually the emergency the Administration claims, court challenges like ours must be resolved immediately.

“At the same time, the Administration is advising businesses to ignore the Fifth Circuit’s temporary stay and proceed with implementing their vaccine mandates. This nefarious executive overreach is a tacit sign that the Administration smells defeat in this case and is trying to get as many employers to comply before it gets struck down.”

To read JCN’s motion, please click here.